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Pot advocates say equity essential piece of federal reform

Cannabis legalization advocates representing a cross-section of interests said on Wednesday that federal legalization will likely not go forward without a strong social equity component and that the policy goals of industry leaders and criminal justice reformers were more aligned than ever.

The comments were aired during a webinar moderated by Barak Cohen, chair of the cannabis group at Perkins Coie LLP, and provide a window into conversations with lawmakers about the direction cannabis policy will take in a newly Democratic-controlled Congress.

Michelle Rutter Friberg, deputy director of government relations at the trade organization National Cannabis Industry Association, said, “Marijuana is…

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Published: March 04, 2021

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